School Psychology programs gain approval

The School Psychology programs in Northern Arizona University’s Department of Educational Psychology have received full approval from the National Association of School Psychologists.

The department, which is home to a master’s and Ph.D. programs in school psychology, earned approval without any provisions through 2011. “I commend you and your colleagues for developing a high-quality program commensurate with national standards,” said Patti L. Harrison, chair of the NASP Program approval board in her letter to the college.

“The full certification of NAU’s school psychology programs is a tribute to the hard work of dedicated faculty members,” said Ramona Mellott, department chair.

“We are pleased with this recognition of high-quality programs that have sought to serve students throughout the state,” said Dan Kain, dean of the College of Education. “We seek to develop educational leaders who create tomorrow’s opportunities, and this recognition from the National Association of School Psychologists confirms the effectiveness of these efforts.”

Kain congratulated Mellott and professor Mary McLellan, who coordinated the approval self-studies. “It is certainly a fine mark for NAU to achieve this accreditation without any provisions,” he said. “I want to express my thanks to Ramona and Mary for all they did to make this happen. It is also recognition of the good work of the faculty in that area.”

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